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1 day ago

Rehabbing, recovery and renewed hope of a return to playing

United States international, Stuart Holden strongly asserted his aim to return to the soccer pitch following his continued recovery from a series of serious injuries.

First of all, this is NOT a retirement announcement.

I see this blog as an opportunity to connect with my incredible supporters and provide an update on where I stand currently. It's also a chance to let down my normal, very publicly positive wall.

The daily grind of rehab is brutal. I am constantly being tested, some days physically, some days mentally and some days both! By this point, I could wear the unenviable name tag of "professional gym rat" around my neck.

If you talk to the physical therapists...

5 days ago

U.S. Hot List: Terrence Boyd's return gives Yanks a boost

The ESPN FC panel debate on Don Garber and Jurgen Klinmann's recent clash over MLS comments.

Jurgen Klinsmann has been making news every time he opens his mouth lately, but lost in the outspoken U.S. coach's comments about Michael Bradley's tough first season in Toronto, his desire to see promotion and relegation in MLS and Landon Donovan's unconventional career choices were some other remarks that understandably flew under the radar by comparison.

Specifically, the things Klinsmann said about Alejandro Bedoya, Jermaine Jones and Michael Orozco over the past two weeks provided some clues...

Oct 16, 2014

Complicated reality of Don Garber's response to Jurgen Klinsmann

Our football experts get into a heated showdown over Klinsmann's MLS comments and the superior quality of the European leagues.

If you follow Major League Soccer and your medium of choice is Twitter, the fun to be had after 4 p.m. Wednesday involved a blur of snarky updates referencing everything from the "Godfather" to WWE to Tupac and Biggie. There was apparently a lot of humorous mileage in the pop psychology of Don Garber snapping back at Jurgen Klinsmann over his ongoing comments about MLS -- and understandably so. There was a lot that was jaw-dropping about the degree of raw escalation in Garber's comments.

Trying...

Oct 15, 2014

MLS, U.S. Soccer don't always have to see eye-to-eye on everything

Stuart Holden sides with Jurgen Klinsmann regarding the lower level of play in the MLS.

When MLS commissioner Don Garber spoke about recent comments made by U.S. national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann, he wanted to defend his league. In the process, he thought he was defending U.S. Soccer. The reality is that the goals of those two entities aren't always in alignment.

Welcome to soccer as it's experienced elsewhere in the world, where tension between national federations and the domestic leagues is the norm and not the exception.

On Wednesday, Garber took part in a bizarre and at times...

Oct 15, 2014

Looking back on the night the United States saved Mexico

Graham Zusi's 92nd minute goal versus Panama last October will forever live in CONCACAF lore.
Graham Zusi's 92nd minute goal versus Panama last October will forever live in CONCACAF lore.

Ninety-five seconds.

That is all that separated Mexico from not qualifying for the 2014 World Cup. Ninety-five seconds from hundreds of millions of dollars in sponsorship money down the drain. Ninety-five seconds from more than a hundred million people, who have red, green and white running through their veins, dealing with the indignity of their national team failing to qualify for the world's most decorated sporting event.

To understand better what happened on Oct. 15, 2013, the final night...

Oct 15, 2014

Will Jurgen Klinsmann's U.S. criticisms work a second time around?

United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann discusses Jermaine Jones' performance at centre back against Honduras.

Hearing Jurgen Klinsmann's comments about Michael Bradley this week -- in which he spoke of the midfielder's disappointing season with Toronto and indeed of the original decision to go there in the first place -- I did begin to wonder just how effective that little psychological dig would really be, whether now or in the months and years to come.

Not because Klinsmann's comments were necessarily atypical of the type of statements he has previously leveled at the likes of Clint Dempsey and (just last...